Economists predict that, by 2024, the US will have a workforce shortfall of one million STEM professionals. So Mentors, Inc celebrated its 30th anniversary by reinventing its model to engage more youth particularly students in grades 8 to 12 in STEM careers. Drawing on three decades of mentorship experience, staff carefully match students with mentors that best meet their needs and interests, and together they define their goals and expectations. Throughout the one- to four-year mentorship, Mentors, Inc offers a series of activities to encourage STEM career exploration, including site visits to employers in a range of industries and occupations, college tours, and a scholarship workshop. Staff provide tailored support, monitoring progress, troubleshooting challenges, and offering incentives for success. The program focuses on students who need mentors most, igniting their interest in 21st century careers. New mentors, and resources, are welcome.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; We have an especially strong presence in Wards 7 and 8 with over 51% of the students we serve living in these two wards.

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students

Schools They Work In: We are open to students in any public and charter high school in DC, however, we focus recruitment in the high-need areas of the city (Wards 7 and 8).

  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   100
  • % of High School Seniors Graduating:   At least 90%
  • % of Graduating Seniors Enrolling in College:   At least 85%
  • Number of Students Served Annually:   Approx. 100

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Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Mentors, Inc is: Less than $500k

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